A Brief Introduction to Clinical Nomenclatures

Vocabulary management systems in electronic health records (EHRs) standardize how medical information is communicated. Although primarily intended to improve patient care, they also benefit researchers by bringing structure to complicated, nuanced, and dynamic health data. Built into EHR software, vocabulary management [...]

NLP: Tapping Into EHR Text Fields

Electronic health records (EHRs) are digitizing valuable medical data on a massive scale. However, up to 70% of meaningful information for medical registries, outcomes researchers, and clinicians is held within practitioner notes. These free text fields are unstructured, so there [...]

The New Face of Research Surveys: Opportunities and Challenges

Surveys have historically been one of the most important tools available for conducting empirical research. Today, they continue to be prominent within social and behavioral science research and play growing roles in areas such as clinical outcomes research. However, surveys are [...]

Research Trends: Repurposing Healthcare Registries to Improve Quality, Performance, and Outcomes

Registries have begun to take new shape as medical societies and associations realize the potential value of their data. For those of you unfamiliar with what a healthcare registry is (or understandably confused by its seemingly endless number of uses), [...]